The CW’s [GREEN] ARROW: Let’s Cast the Pilot!

Attention SMALLVILLE fans who have been patiently waiting for the CW to come to their senses and simply hand over the titular role in their proposed [GREEN] ARROW reboot to heir apparent Justin Hartley: Don’t hold your breath! Or at least that was our main takeaway after getting a glimpse of a just released casting breakdown that mysteriously found its way into our inbox late last night.

What’s more, since we’ve always been a big proponent of the old adage “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” we thought rather than continue to bemoan what we can’t control, we’d have a little fun by choosing our dream cast for what sure looks to be shaping up to be a fantastic reboot. See for yourself, after the jump.

OLIVER QUEEN
What They’re Looking For: A 27 year old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a different man. Or to be more specific, a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference.
Who We’re Pitching: Chris Carmack (THE OC), Rafi Gavron (LIFE UNEXPECTED), Christopher Egan (KINGS), Michael Graziadei (AMERICAN HORROR STORY)

DINAH “LAUREL” LANCE
What They’re Looking For: 28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver’s yacht.
Who We’re Pitching: Tina Majorino (VERONICA MARS), Lindsey Shaw (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU), Allison Miller (TERRA NOVA), Jurnee Smollett (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS)

TOMMY MERLYN
What They’re Looking For: 28 years old and devil-smooth, Tommy is a trustafarian like Oliver, a spectacularly rich young man whose life revolves around parties, clubs, liquor and lots of anonymous sex. Unlike Oliver, he can’t seem to understand his former best friend’s sudden change of lifestyle and direction.
Who We’re Pitching: Jason Dohring (VERONICA MARS), Sebastian Stan (KINGS), Benjamin Stone (THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING), Giaus Charles (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS)

MOIRA QUEEN
What They’re Looking For: 48 years old, a beautiful woman, Oliver’s mother Moira is a very wealthy woman who is not used to being shaken. Having remarried during the five years that former husband Robert and Oliver were both presumed dead, Moira has had free rein over the Queen billions. Not surprisingly, she’s deeply interested in learning whether or not Robert will also return unexpectedly, to ruin her present marriage and go over the books with a fine-tooth comb.
Who We’re Pitching: Lena Olin (ALIAS), Dana Delany (BODY OF PROOF), Susanna Thompson (KINGS), Rena Sofer (HEROES), Carrie-Anne Moss (CHUCK)

JOHN DIGGLE
What They’re Looking For: 35 years old, African-American, Diggle is really, really big, a former military man who served with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, and has been a bodyguard for hire for the last four years. Hired by Moira to be Oliver’s chauffeur and protector, Diggle soon finds he is trapped in a battle of wits, as Oliver repeatedly eludes his protection. But in fact, Diggle’s primary conflict is one of loyalty — he has to show that he’s working for Oliver, not Moira, before Oliver will give him a smidgen of trust.
Who We’re Pitching: Sean Blackmore (GENERAL HOSPITAL), J.R. Martinez (DANCING WITH THE STARS), Harry Lennix (DOLLHOUSE), Richard T. Jones (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES)

THEA QUEEN
What They’re Looking For: 17 years old (suggest 17-22 years), Oliver’s Lolita-esque sister, Thea was a 12 year old girl when he went on his infamous yachting voyage — but now she’s a celebutante who’s testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Thea loved her big brother with all her heart, and is delighted to have him back in her life — but she’s spreading her wings, and is unprepared for Oliver to become the Bad Cop in the family, restricting her access to boys and drugs.
Who We’re Pitching: Annie Clark (DEGRASSI)

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t know about these choices–CW is not known for making the wisest casting moves (see 90210).  But the article did give me a spinoff thought: 

    If William Devane is coming aboard Revenge as the Grayson patriarch, can we please have Joan Collins make an appearance as Victoria’s mother?  Seems like the producers of Revenge really “get it,” regarding their soap roots…i.e. the Southfork Inn, Victoria Grayson’s name, Knots Landing’s Devane, etc.  Joan would certainly be a heavyweight addition to the addictive soapy snark this show has become famous for.

  • http://sourabhlikestv.tumblr.com Sourabh

    It’s the Smash, baby!

  • Scared_for_Creativity

    Your casting pitches need work. I’m going based off of the evidence that you’ve given us that you have no taste or comic-book knowledge. Chris Carmack?–Are you HIGH? If you’re not going to put Hartley back in the Green Leather at least try to out-do his physical appearance. Christopher Egan was acceptable. Second?–Dinah Lance, f*cking really? Like we needed that headache. They’re divorced in the comics, they haven’t been involved in the reboot–Maybe take a cue from Smallville and actually give Oliver an INTERESTING LOVE STORY! And I seriously hope they redo the costume and don’t recycle Smallvilles. I love Smallville’s GA costume–But it should have been given to Hartley. Good luck trying to get someone else to fill those those arm bands and green leather costume so well.

  • Steph

    Giving Oliver Queen a sister?–Please go play in traffic.
    Throwing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow back together with Dinah Lance/ Black Canary?–Please go drink drano.

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com/ The TV Addict

    I probably should have clarified, I have zero knowledge of the comics. I only tried to put likeable actors who resemble the iconic DC character into the role. Google Chris Carmack and I think you’ll see he’s more than qualified.

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  • emenemdj

    I’m sorry, but not one of the actors you suggest for the main character look mature enough for the role.  They  look like college kids, not MEN.  They need to cast someone who at least looks mature enough to have survived 5 years alone on an island for goodness sake. (And Rafi?  Really??  He needs to at least be blonde!)

  • Lisa Stevens

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Jason Dohring as the lead.  He is an amazing actor 

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  • Hahahaha

    Are you on drugs? He is a noodle with no muscle tone. Not superhero material.

  • Lori

    Agreed! Oliver is a playboy! This is not a Superman and Lois Lane “One True Love” situation. The Oliver and Dinah marriage failed, just like all of his relationships do, because Oliver is a playboy. Always has been and always will be. He undermines his own relationships. I hate that they are setting Dinah up to be “The One” when Oliver should be playing the field and dating far more interesting people.

    Also Justin Hartley was excellent and if they had any brains at all they’d hire him!

  • Lori

    Agreed! Oliver is a playboy! This is not a Superman and Lois Lane “One True Love” situation.
    The Oliver and Dinah marriage failed, just like all of his relationships
    do, because Oliver is a playboy. Always has been and always will be. He
    undermines his own relationships. I hate that they are setting Dinah up
    to be “The One” when Oliver should be playing the field and dating far
    more interesting people.

    Also Justin Hartley was excellent and if they had any brains at all they’d hire him!

     

  • Lori

    Agreed! Oliver is a playboy! This is not a Superman and Lois Lane “One True Love” situation.
    The Oliver and Dinah marriage failed, just like all of his relationships
    do, because Oliver is a playboy. Always has been and always will be. He
    undermines his own relationships. I hate that they are setting Dinah up
    to be “The One” when Oliver should be playing the field and dating far
    more interesting people.

    Also Justin Hartley was excellent and if they had any brains at all they’d hire him!

     

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  • Scaredforhumanity

     You should be scared for yourself because you are going cukoo nuts. Paranoia. 

  • Rocco

    Playboy?, what ? today? Always? 

    Disgruntled chlollie fan, lots of those statement are just filled with hypocrisy and sour grapes. Change the name of Dinah and replace it with Chloe and it will be a different story.
    Thats right, hypocrisy at its BEST. 

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  • ArrowBethelFTW

    WILSON BETHEL

    The moment I saw him I saw Green Arrow in. I’m so jealous for Hart of Dixie and their fans  right now for getting him first. If I could give him a billion dollars to get him to play Arrow I would. Its not just that he kinda of looks a bit like Justin Hartley, not a bad thing at all but  thats not my point, he would really carry this show and he has got the right things to be Green Arrow, especially with where the show plot is, he would fit right in . He is the exact age for Oliver Queen, with the right look, charm, corkiness, humour and everything.I want him to be Green Arrow so bad, he is perfect for this job. This is a big character and a big opportunity,  once in a life opportunity. Recast wade CW and handover Wilson to ARROW.  Sorry Dixie fans but….

    I regret nothing!!!

  • ArcherG

    Black Canary  and GREEN ARROW  is THE INTERESTING LOVE STORY,  this is one of the most  Iconic and respected couple in the DC.  verse, they have an interesting backstory.  Regardless of how some people like to pretend otherwise, dont like?, deal with it or move on. Noone is forcing you to watch the show. She is the love of his life. This pretty bird is in this Green archer’s  life forever, whether you love it or hate it, approve of it or you don’t, accept it or not.

    Whoever they cast,hope its the right people for the job.

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